War Stories began with the depiction of the emotional part of war memories of old people in Nebraska and Germany and of young people in Chicago, with emphasis on World Wars I and II and the Iraq War. Some of the works are made in an idiosyncratic intentionally-childlike style so that the difficult stories are not too horrible to look at. The series has evolved to include reports of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. Fittingly, the work has become more complex as have the stories; but the pictures are even more beautifully rendered so one can bear them.
Watercolor on Paper,
8.5" X 12"
A refugee in Hamburg, Germany, worries about her 8 siblings back in Kabul, Afghanistan, who could be killed on their way home from work by a bomb. Nevertheless she tries to be happy.